Time the car market right, and you could make quite a profit on a future classic.
If you’re a petrolhead, you’ve likely heard tales of people passing up on cheap machinery that soon rocketed in value — common examples being air-cooled Porsche 911s, E30 BMW 3-Series and Subaru Impreza 22bs.
Don’t want to miss out on the next big market-boomer? Here’s ten future classic cars you should consider investing in…
Suzuki Swift Sport (2005-2011)
The original Suzuki Swift Sport wasn’t the Japanese manufacturer’s first attempt at a hot hatch — that honour goes to the Swift GTi from the 90s — but it is arguably their most credible.
With a naturally aspirated 1.6-litre VVT engine developing just shy of 130bhp packaged into a chassis weighing a touch over a ton, the Swift Sport is a throwback to hot hatches of the 80s — a nippy, chuckable little B-road monster.
A good example will currently set you back around £3k, but the market has stagnated in recent years — so a value boom may well be about to happen.Save money on a new Suzuki today
Nissan Skyline GT-R R33 (1993-1998)
The R33 is something of an ugly duckling in the Skyline family.
The R32 has all the motorsport heritage and was the original ‘Godzilla’, while the R34 found fame in the Fast and Furious film series as well as being the poster child for the Gran Turismo generation.
But the in-between Skyline had little going for it, aside from a few Le Mans appearances — and as a result, it’s the cheapest of the three in today’s market — although values are beginning to creep up.
Despite being overshadowed, it’s a worthy holder of the GT-R name — thanks to the monstrous RB26 engine and supercar-rivalling driving dynamics.
With the R33 soon to be eligible for the USA’s 25-year import law, prices are only going to skyrocket from here.Save money on a new Nissan today
Mazda RX-7 FD (1992-2002)
The defining rotary powered car, the RX-7 is destined to be a future concourse winner.
With sleek bodywork and the magnificent piston-less motor under the bonnet, it’s no surprise the FD is one of the icons of the 90s.
Prices of the RX-7 FD are already high, with some selling for almost £20k. Although the market is showing no signs of slowing down — now is as good a time as any to ride the rotary wave.Save money on a new Mazda today
BMW 1 Series M Coupe (2011)
The BMW 1 Series M Coupe was destined to be a classic from the moment it was announced.
Featuring a 335bhp, turbocharged six-cylinder engine packed into a tiny chassis, the 1 Series M was lauded for its incredible driving dynamics and old-school experience — with former Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond naming it his 2011 car of the year.
Just 6,309 units were made in 2011 and prices have already risen above its original retail cost.Save money on a new BMW today
Renault Clio V6 (2001-2005)
A mid-engined, V6 hatchback sounds nuts, right? Well, Renault didn’t think so in 2001.
The Clio V6 was a throwback to the Renault 5 Turbo group B homologation special, which also featured a mid-mounted engine.
Renault enlisted the help of Porsche to design the Clio V6, and what resulted was an ultra-hot hatch with a supercar-esque driving experience.
It’s a rare sight on UK roads, with just 354 ever produced for our shores, meaning it’s sure to be a future classic.Save money on a new Renault today
Ford Fiesta ST (2013-2017)
With so many hot hatches on today’s market, it’s hard to say exactly which ones will be seen as the poster child in future.
If we had to pick, though, the recently-departed Fiesta ST would get our money.
Widely praised for its fun driving experience and pocket-rocket performance invoking nostalgia of years gone by, the Fiesta ST is sure to be fondly remembered.
With the market currently flooded on a new model on the horizon, Fiesta ST prices are likely to drop over the next few years so it may be worth holding out on the investment — but it’s sure to be sought after in time to come.Save money on a new Ford today
Ferrari 458 (2009-2015)
Almost all Ferraris are destined to receive classic status eventually, but if any of the modern era are worthy of such a title, it’s the 458.
The Ferrari 458 signalled the end of an era for the legendary Italian brand, as it’s the last mid-engine, naturally-aspirated V8 car produced — something Ferrari have been known for since the 308 all the way back in 1975.
Not only that, but it’s one of the most beautiful cars to come out of Maranello in its modern history.
Prices are currently hovering around the £120k mark, with that only set to rise.
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio (2016-present)
It may still be currently on sale, but the Alfa Giulia Quadrifoglio is destined to be a classic.
It’s been a major player in reviving the Italian brand’s trademark of creating passionate vehicles — if a little wonky on reliability.
The QV is an alternative choice to a BMW M3 or Mercedes-AMG C63 and as a result, will likely sell less — a good sign for collectors.Save money on a new Alfa Romeo today
Honda S2000 (1999-2009)
The iconic S2000 was the last globally-sold roadster to come from Honda, and it was an absolute hit.
Featuring a 2.0-litre VTEC engine wrapped in dreamy bodywork, the S2000 has gained a cult status among enthusiasts.
Prices are currently around £10k, but will surely increase in the next few years.Save money on a new Honda today
Lotus Exige S2 (2004-2006)
The Lotus Exige S2 is perhaps the defining car of modern Lotus — taking Colin Chapman’s ethos of “simplify, and add lightness” to the next level.
Based on the Elise S2, the Exige also features a Toyota V6 engine, but in this case coupled to a more refined and track-focused chassis capable of embarrassing even the most exotic machinery of its time.
Prices currently sit in the mid-£20k range for extremely good examples, and as time goes on, that’s only likely to shoot up.